Thursday the PTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of this week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Fox, the first application discloses a digital delivery system and user interface for enabling the digital delivery of media content. Assigned to Infosys Systems (IN), the second application discloses techniques for providing access of digital contents to offline DRM users.
20140041057, "Digital delivery system and user interface for enabling the digital delivery of media content," assigned to the Fox Entertainment Group.
A system, method, and computer readable storage medium provide multi-platform accessibility of media content in a global computer network. Media content is selected in a client computer. Based on a format of the content, a media content player is loaded. If the content is not digital rights managements (DRM) protected, it is loaded and played in the player. If the content is DRM protected, a license to play the content is requested via an API and obtained via a server process. A web server computer creates/updates an authorized client user by communicating with a DRM server. The web server then creates a session with the DRM server and enables authorization to play by communicating with the DRM server that transmits the license to the client computer. Based on the license, the client loads and plays the content in the player.
20140047558, "System and method for providing access of digital contents to offline DRM users," assigned to Infosys Limited (IN).
The invention relates to a system and method providing access of one or more heterogeneous digital contents to at least one offline Digital Rights Management (DRM) user by a DRM server. This invention involves establishing the trust relationship among the DRM server, DRM client, user's machine and the end user by means of digital certificate. The server generates protected digital content by means of using a standard encryption algorithm. The invention further involves determining whether a license for accessing the protected file is requested by the legitimate user, and if so, generating a license consisting the user rights and the protected decryption key to be downloaded by legitimate user. The DRM client decrypts the protected file using a decryption key of the license, and renders the content to the end user by calling the appropriate and customized viewer during consumption.